Video and Audio File Dialog:
Here you can add subtitles, chapter marks and (for elementary video streams) additional audio files. For audio files and subtitles (within the Subtitle format dialog) the language may also be selected. The language can be set for ready muxed material too, but you must know which stream (number) has what language within the mpg file. You may also 'exchange' the video file. WARNING: This will reset all other entries (Audio, Subtitle, Chapters...).
If you have elementary mpeg2 material, you may shrink it to a given size. See: Notes on shrinking
This dialog is automatically started if you add a video file with drag and drop. It may be 'restarted' with either:
- Double click on the created button ('Filmbutton') and select 'Load Video + Audio files dialog'
- If the created button ('Filmbutton') is selected, you can choose 'Video properties' from the menu under 'Format'
- Right click on the icon (first node below FilmXX) in the project explorer.
Some characteristics (size, aspect...) of the video are shown here. In addition it is checked if a ready muxed mpg stream contains 'Navigation Packs' (Mux OK=Yes). Without the navigation packs dvdauthor can't handle the file. Elementary streams are muxed with the necessary navigation packs (by mplex with - f 8 option).
Elementary video files are accepted in the formats: mpv, m1v and m2v.
Ready muxed mpg streams are accepted only if they are named mpg or vob.
With MuxMan as authoring engine only elementary mpeg2 video files are accepted.
If you want to use shrink, enter either the new size or the factor (as % of the original size) and activate: Use Requant to shrink afterwards. Remark: For several videos you may also use the 'Auto calculate Shrink' function in the menu under Start.
See also: Source material and Notes on shrinking
The languages for the audio streams are set here (languages for subtitles in the subtitles format dialog).
Elementary audio files are accepted in the formats: mp2, ac3 and dts (with MuxMan also wav)
Some information about the audio files is given in the 'Infoline'
If the audio has another sampling frequency than 48 kHz (not allowed for DVDs), this line turns red.
The different audio streams may be selected with the remote of your DVD player (or the correspondent menu item in a soft player - for Media Player Classic i.e. with Navigate - Audio Language), or you can create a special audio menu.
If necessary, you may use an audio delay to 'resync' the video with the audio file(s). With MuxMan as authoring engine, values between -300 and +300 milliseconds are possible, with dvdauthor +/- 4999 milliseconds. The same value is applied to all audiostreams, it is not possible to use individual audio delays for each audio stream.
Remark: MuxMan is very 'sensitive' concerning audio streams i.e. for mp2 files. If MuxMan doesn't accept a particular mp2 file, is sometimes helps to 'clean' it with delaycut. You can also use delaycut to set individual audio delays for different audio streams without the +/-300 milliseconds limit for MuxMan.
Text based subtitles are accepted in the formats: *.sub, *.srt, *.ssa, *.smi, *.rt, *.txt, *.aqt, *.jss, *.js
Since version 0.96 also binary subtitles (sup format) may be used. These get converted by sup2png to png files and are then multiplexed with spumux. With MuxMan as authoring engine sup or sst files (i.e. from MaestroSBT) are supported. As MuxMan supports these formats 'natively', it is much faster than dvdauthor if subtitles are used.
Subtitles are normally not active by default. You can enable them with the remote of your DVD player (or the correspondent menu item in a soft player - for Media Player Classic i.e. with Navigate - Subtitle Language - Enabled). Since version 0.99 you can automatically activate the first subtitle stream as default with 'Autostart', in this case you can disable it again with a similar procedure as above. The different subtitle streams may also be selected with the remote of your DVD player (or the correspondent menu item in a soft player - for Media Player Classic i.e. with Navigate - Subtitle Language), or you can create a special subtitle menu.
Since version 0.96 you also have the possibility to change the subtitle colors.
These may be edited by hand or read from an IFO or palette file (.pal for YCrCb colors and .rgb for RGB colors) or sst file. From IFO files (only VTS files can be used) the first found subtitle color entry is used. Palette files must follow the dvdauthor specification: Text file with16 lines as either YCrCb or RGB values in hex. Remark: For subtitles in the binary sup format you should always select an appropriate palette, the sup file itself doesn't contain colors! Special case: SST files from MaestroSBT: If you use MuxMan as engine and MaestroSBT for subtitle conversion, you can/should use the sst file also as palette file (just use the same sst file twice: 1. as subtitles file and 2. as palette file). MaestroSBT writes the used colors in the sst file as comment lines. However as only one palette may be used for a given movie, different subtitles (stream 1,2,3) have to use the same colors.
To edit (or show) the subtitle colors click on
Please note: The colors are converted to rgb values to show/edit, but stored as YCrCb values. Therefore some slight differences may occur. There are also colors in the RGB space that cannot be lossless converted to YCrCb. Subtitle colors always apply to all subtitles within the movie.
AddStream: This option is only available if advanced mode is activated in the default project settings. Furthermore it is used only for multiplexed material (mpg or vob) and therefore only available with dvdauthor as authoring engine. It is useful for multiplexed material (mpg or vob) which already contains subtitles and you want to add additional subtitle streams. In order to use this possibility, you need to know which (how many) subtitle streams are already multiplexed in your mpg or vob file. As subtitles may start several minutes after the video, it would be necessary to scan the whole file (which simply takes to long) in order to check the contained subtitle streams automatically. For vob or mpg files from an existing DVD, you can check the contained subtitle streams with Ifoedit. The parameter you need to enter is the stream number of the first 'new' subtitle stream. If your vob or mpg file contains two subtitle streams (stream 0 + stream 1), then you have to enter a '2' here (the first additional subtitle stream will then be stream 2 on the final DVD).
IMPORTANT: As the existing subtitles within the vob or mpg file use a specific palette already, you should assign this palette in the color settings (see above). The new subtitles should be added exclusively in the SUP format and use the same palette as the existing subtitles (if the subs are text based, convert them to SUP with txt2sup or SubtitleCreator by using the same palette file!). Only exception: All subtitles have been added by spumux with default settings (then always the spumux default palette is used), then you may also add text based subtitles directly.
Some formatting for the individual subtitles (as possible with spumux) may be done with a click on within the correspondent subtitle line (1 to 3). These settings (except language) should be used for text based subtitles only, as they have no function for binary subtitles (.sup format). Default values (except Width, Height, FPS and language) herefore can be set in the internal default Settings or with 'Set Default'.
Chapters can be read in either from a suitable file (in the format hour:minute:second.milliseconds, hour:minute:second.frames whereby only hour and minute are mandatory or just frames), or edited and/or computed by automatic.
Autocreate # Chapters:
Here you can set a number of chapters, whereby these are distributed evenly over the running time of the film (start = 00:00:00.000 counts also as a chapter!).
Create A Chapter for each ## minutes:
Thus all ## minutes a chapter mark is created up to the end of the film.
You may define 'Autocreate # Chapters' or 'Create A Chapter for each ## minutes' as default for each inserted movie in the default Videos+Image settings.
With the button you may start the extended Chapter editor ChapEditGFD. There you can search/set chapters 'visually'. It is also possible to create chapter images or clips (also by automatic).
The button also starts ChapEditGFD but automatically creates images/clips (depending if animated menus is switched on or off) for the actual chapter list without user interaction.
5. Pre and Post Commands
With the button you can start a simple VM-Command editor to change pre and post commands for this title. As long as you stay with the 'Default' values here, GfD automatically calculates/sets these commands according to the selected 'Start'- and 'End' actions in the default project settings. To achive more control of these actions, you may 'overwrite' the default values (i.e. to set a specific register or audio stream/subtitle stream or start a specific chapter according to a register value). In this case you are responsible for the logic yourself. See also: Variables concept
The calculated Approx. Total Size (MB) is a guess only for elementary streams. For mp2 audio this guess is correct usually with an error of less than 1%. For other audio formats this error may be higher. Subtitle streams are not taken into account! (I have no idea how to calculate the final size for them...). If you use shrinking, the result is calculated from the requantized video stream.
If 'Animated menus' is switched on in the project settings, an animated button is created by default if you add a video. If you don't like this, you may 'delete' the animation here if you remove the tag for 'Animated button'. See also: Short description for animated menus
Changing the 'Targetfile' is only possible for elementary streams. It is useful to get rid of special characters like ä,ö (which can't be handled by dvdauthor, but by mplex). No longer necessary as GfD sets this automatically and MuxMan has no problems with special characters at all.